| IND rapped over gay man's death. |
Holebibelangenislam - 10.08.2005 18:42
The Dutch Immigration and Integration service (IND) has been accused of ignoring evidence a gay man faced the death sentence if deported back to Iran.
Rejected asylum seeker Korosh Pashaei Majdi, 27, was about to be deported two weeks ago from the Netherlands. He has already been condemned to death in Iran for being gay, the Dutch gay organisation COC said on Wednesday.
COC chairman Frank van Dalen said the IND refused to incorporate this information into the man's immigration file. Instead the immigration service deiced there was on the possibility the asylum seeker might be prosecuted in Iran.
A lawyer for Pashaei Majdi has insisted that
deporting a person who has been sentenced to death is contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Pashaei Majdi is currently being held at the deportation centre at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.
The IND decided to temporarily hold off from deporting him after Iran executed two young men, aged 16 to 18, for being gay. Photographs of the executions caused an outcry around the world.
Meanwhile, about 70 people gathered in het Plein in The Hague on Wednesday to protest at what they claim is Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk's "heartless" asylum policy. The protest was instigated by the decision by five failed asylum seekers from Iran to go on hunger strike.
The demonstrators handed Klaas de Vries, immigration spokesman for the opposition Labour Party, a petition in relation to the hunger strikers' demands.
A spokesperson for the group said the IND did not adhere to its own rules and he said the Parliament was not exercising proper control of the asylum process.
The IND was not available for comment on Wednesday afternoon when the COC made the claim.
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